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My recent post about Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is very timely it seems. Here’s an article in the New York Times about Coconut Oil:
A FEW years ago I noticed something odd at the health food store. There, rubbing elbows with the extra-virgin olive oil and cold-pressed canola oil was virtually the last fat I expected to see in such esteemed company: coconut oil.
The last time I checked, coconut oil was supposed to be the devil himself in liquid form, with more poisonous artery-clogging, cholesterol-raising, heart-attack-causing saturated fat than butter, lard or beef tallow.
Its bad reputation caused a panic at the concession stands back in 1994, when the Center for Science in the Public Interest put out a study claiming that a large movie-theater popcorn, hold the butter, delivered as much saturated fat as six Big Macs. “Theater popcorn ought to be the Snow White of snack foods, but it’s been turned into Godzilla by being popped in highly saturated coconut oil,” Michael Jacobson, the executive director of the center, a consumer group that focuses on food and nutrition, said at the time.
I have read about the benefits of coconut oil for a while & how some only cook with it instead of olive oil. I am not a huge fan of coconuts –never was one to like the Mounds or Almond Joy candy bars, don’t like coconut flakes on anything, nor do I like coconut cream pie! Don’t like Coconut — period! So I was hesitant to try anything with it as the main ingredient — but then I tried Coconut Water, then Coconut Milk, then Coconut Milk Dairy Treat/Ice Cream and they were all pretty darn good. A faint coconut flavor but not overpowering — dare I say it’s pretty good!
The nice folks at Tropical Traditions recently sent me a jar of Coconut Oil to try. I decided to pan grill up some chicken thighs with veggies as my first experience!
I added a small spoon full to pre-heated grill pan, then added a bunch of veggies — yellow peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic with some garlic salt. I let them saute a bit and then added the boneless chicken thighs. . The Coconut Oil adds a light flavor to the dish — and I gotta say – It was so delicious. Thumbs Up!
I made a similar version a few days later, but cooked chicken thighs in olive oil and another batch with the coconut oil. You are probably thinking that that was an odd thing to do — but I was making a dish for the kids, and then another batch for a few day’s worth to add to my lunch salads. So my batch was in coconut oil. I didn’t mention it while I was cooking and Scotty had the overall kids meal and then unknowingly had some of the chicken cooked in coconut oil. After dinner, he mentioned how delicious and better tasting the 2nd batch was! Thumbs Up from both of us!
Based on those 2 meals – I would heartily recommend giving Coconut Oil a try! I plan to use it regularly thanks to Tropical Traditions!
So you are probably asking–
What exactly is Coconut Oil? Read some info from Tropical Traditions about how coconut oil is made and it’s a pretty interesting process.
Why use Coconut Oil? It’s not only good to cook with you can use it on your skin! There are so many benefits of Coconut Oil (it’s a long list) –so be warned!
You can also bake with coconut oil — freecoconutrecipes.com has a good collection of recipes to get you started, including Gluten Free Chunky Monkey Muffins! With stuff like that to try — there is no excuse!
I’m going to try some other recommended recipes and uses and will share those experiences as they happen as a follow up!
If you have never tried Coconut Oil, give it a try and let me know what you think —
For those that have, share your favorite recipe!
Thanks to Tropical Traditions for sending me a jar to try. Even though I received it for Free, there was no expectation on their part to influence my review. My opinions here are my own – I am now a fan of Coconut Oil.
Good information about fats. I have read recently all about Coconut Oil and how great it is for you. I’m waiting on my order to come in to try it and I will definitely let you know!
Of the three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) fats are generally cast as the villain of the group – often attributed with weight gain and an endless list of health problems. We know protein builds, maintains and repairs our cells and that carbs give us energy. However, most people remain in the dark about the many vital functions fat plays in our bodies. Instead it is often viewed as the macronutrient to avoid at all costs – with low fat diets and foods popping up everywhere in recent years.
A common misconception is that fat makes you fat! While it can contribute to weight gain, obesity is much more complicated than just eating too much of a single nutrient. It is true that a fat has 9 calories per gram (almost double the 4 calories per gram in protein and carbohydrates); however eating excess calories, from any source, can cause weight gain.
So now that we covered that common misconception, let’s move on to the next – that a fat is a fat. Again not exactly true. Not all fats are created equal. Some are good, some are bad and some are just plain wrong. So here is a rundown on the different types of fats and where to find them.